Who we are

Gitu Bhatia Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice in  California, USA. This policy complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act and GDPR.

Information we collect through this website


When you visit this website, you can opt out of using cookies. If you do not opt out, cookies will be placed in your browser by third party service providers of tools that we have embedded on the website. You can erase cookies from your browser by following these instructions:

Performance Cookies:
The tools we have placed on this website to improve the display, determine our website performance, and to track where users have found the website all use cookies. The cookies are used by the tools to gather the information we need to analyze where our visitors are finding us, and how to improve our website performance.  See Embedded Content From Other Websites below.

Functionality Cookies:
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in our cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment.

Embedded content from other websites

This site uses embedded content such as functionality and performance tools, as well as articles, videos, audio, and images. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

  • This site uses Google Analytics to allow us to analyze how users find and use this website, and whether it is performing without errors, so that we may make improvements to our website and marketing efforts.
  • This site uses Google Webfonts to display consistent font-face styles to users.
  • This site uses a Mailchimp form so that visitors can subscribe to articles we publish.

The websites providing the services above collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Google’s privacy policy is located at: Intuit’s (Mailchimp) privacy policy is located at:

Subscription form data

If you subscribe to our blog, we collect the information you voluntarily provide on the subscription form such as name and email address.

Contact form data

If you submit an email message to us through a contact form on this site, personal data such as your name, email address, and message contents will be read by us. We recommend that sensitive information not be entered into our contact forms, as the contents will be transmitted by email and as such cannot be adequately secured due to the nature of email technology.

The message may also contain your IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.

Comment data

If you leave comments on the website, in addition to the comments collected, your  IP address and browser user agent string are collected to help detect and prevent spam.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. If you are using Gravatar, your Gravatar profile picture may be visible to the public in the context of your comment. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

How we use your data

The data you voluntarily provide to us through our contact form and subscription form is used by us to communicate with you.

Your data is processed by third party service providers, and how they handle your data is explained in their privacy policies we have linked to above.

We do not share your data with any person or entity.

How we store your data

If you send a message through the contact form or leave a comment on this website, the contents and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can reply to past emails from potential clients, and so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue

If you subscribe to our blog, we retain the information you provide on the subscription form (such as name and email address) indefinitely or until you unsubscribe.

We store your data on website and email servers in the U.S. We take privacy and security precautions to keep your data safe.

What rights you have over your data

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. We do not discriminate against anyone for exercising their rights over their data.

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